Looking for something kookier than a facial or French manicure?
There are dozens of spas and salons in Dubai, and most of them do a roaring trade in traditional pampering and grooming treatments. But what if you fancy something a little different? We decided to test the Fairmont Dubai’s new wand treatment, as well as four other weird and wonderful options to try now.
Ion therapy wand treatment
The weird part: It’s all in the name. This treatment uses a ‘wand’ – aka a long, thin, probe-like instrument – to stimulate the skin. What it claims: A combination of wand and massage will apparently ‘propel the skincare products’ active ingredients into the skin’. Not quite Harry Potter, but the closest yet. What it delivers: The ion therapy is combined with one of three facials on offer at the Fairmont spa (either a deep-cleansing, harmonising or anti-ageing option). The Jewel of Arabia anti-ageing facial claims to firm and tighten all skin types using ingredients such as spirulina and alginate (derived from brown algae) to stimulate the cells. It’s a relaxing 80-minute treatment, and the surroundings of the spa certainly help. Expect to leave with a glowing complexion once the mask is peeled off. Dhs590. The Spa, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8800).
The weird part: Botox. For hair. What it claims: This protective hair treat promises to turn back the clock and return hair to its youthful glory. What it delivers: A serum is administered using the type of syringe you might use to feed a baby animal (if you were on a farm instead of in a hairdressing salon) – which is possibly a gimmick to bolster the marketing campaign. The serum is designed to penetrate inner parts of the hair, rather than just coating the outside, and the results – shinier, less dull locks – should last up to 10 washes. Dhs150. Vanilla Luxury Women’s Spa, Shoreline Apartments building 10, Palm Jumeirah (04 437 6010).
Japanese nightingale facial
The weird part: The treatment actually uses nightingale droppings – a secret ingredient apparently used by Japanese geishas to maintain their porcelain-clear complexions. What it claims: A favourite with Victoria Beckham, apparently, the powerful enzymes in the nightingale droppings soften and brighten the skin, deep cleansing and nourishing for a picture-perfect complexion. What it delivers: Treated using ultraviolet light, and mixed with rice bran to enhance exfoliation, the nightingale droppings actually smell quite pleasant (and are sanitised and safe).The skin is first exfoliated using the finely milled mixture, and followed up with an ultra-luxurious, tailor-made facial regime, including steam and extractions, a heavenly massage with camellia oil, honey-enriched face mask, and an oxygen hyluralonic acid treatment for extra moisturisation. After the treatment, expect your skin to be soft, dewy and luminous – it should help to clear up a few pesky pimples, too. Dhs850. Biolite Aesthetic Clinic, Dubai Healthcare City, www.biolitedubai.com (04 375 2122).
The weird part: Fashion prints at your fingertips – literally. What it claims: Bio Sculpture, the company that brought you snakeskin nails and, most recently, the feather manicure, has launched a range of nail designs for fashion devotees. What it delivers: There are several colour combinations to choose from in the Missoni Designs range (copied from the brand, rather than a collaboration), from two-tone black and white to the more alarming yellow, featuring multi-colours with a tribal feel. What’s more, they’re gel, so the colour lasts up to two weeks. Dhs40 per nail; from Dhs280 for full set. The Nail Spa, various locations including Mercato (04 349 7766).
The weird part: Having real, edible yoghurt smothered all over you. What it claims: To remove dry skin and residual dirt, leaving you soft, clean and fresh. What it delivers: The wrap is part of a package that also includes a full-body exfoliation. Yoghurt is then liberally applied to the body, before being left to work its magic (if you’re feeling peckish, you may have to fight the temptation to sample some of the produce you’re wearing). The results are better than many off-the-shelf moisturisers, particularly on scaly legs. Dhs250. Senso Wellness Centre, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).